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Mercato 2012: Hulk and Witsel join Zenit St Petersbourgh

We knew the Zenit St Petersbourgh little looking at the expense, but the Russian club hit a huge blow by recruiting the Brazilian Hulk but also the Belgian Witsel.


It is a news to make the leaders of the Paris-Saint-Germain blush, the Russian club of Zenit Saint Petersbourgh has awarded the services of two stars of the Portuguese Championship: Hulk and Witsel. Amount of transactions, 60 million euros for the coveted Brazilian bulldozer, and 40 million for the Belgian player. It all played out last night, the Russian club had to speed up the negotiations in order to register the two recruits for the prestigious Champions League. result, a staggering cumulative transfer shot of 100 million euros. (Cristiano Ronaldo had cost less at the Réal Madrid but his legs are insured for 100 million euros.) A coup de maitre directed by the leaders of the Zenit who on the one hand put themselves in the light and on the other hand bring together two excellent players who were once rivals in Portugal. (Hulk in Porto and Witsel at Benfica Lisbon).


Even if the purists find this destination rather “exotic”, it is important to note that the Russian championship attracts more and more great players: Roberto Carlos, Samuel Eto’o, Leal Diarra … For the Hulk (which was very expensive for the PSG) in any case, even if he is happy with this transfer, he confirms that the departure was not necessarily intended: “I had no desire to leave as long as I had four years of contract.” On Friday, the market (in Portugal) was closed in addition. There was no interesting proposal for me as well as for Oporto. But suddenly, a proposal arrived from the Zenit who was already in contact with Porto and the club accepted. It’s a good thing for the club and for me. “It was a well done negotiation …” As for the Belgian, he unequivocally explains the choice he made: “The president of Benfica has done everything to keep me at the club, offering me a contract extension and more money, but I made my decision.” Everyone will say that I joined the Zenit for the money. I know. Of course that was an important factor. Even with the new contract offered to me by Benfica, the difference with Zenit’s proposal was important. But that is not the only reason. “Zenit also has an attractive sports project …” Good choice or a brake in their career, only the future will tell. What do you think of these transfers?

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